Results
 

Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)

2

V

3

Milstead (Eng)

Groove Armada (Eng)

1

V

2

Columbia's Finest FC (Eng)

 

We were down to our final 4 teams in the Plate competition and we were guaranteed just one thing an English winner. England made up all 4 semi-finalists of the Plate competition.

 

The first semi-final would be contested by Red Cow Belgrade and Milstead.

 

Red Cow Belgrade were experienced in our Plate competition and had 3 previous Plate Semi-Final appearances. At the 2014 Barcelona Fives and 2016 Riga Tournament they won their semi-finals en route to picking up runners-up medals both times. At the 2018 Gdansk Tournament they lost 1-0 to FC Shark at this stage. They were also runners-up in our Trophy competition at the 2015 Lisbon Tournament giving them a 75% success rate at the semi-final stage of our events. Could they boost that to 80% and give them a third shot at picking up a Plate trophy in our tournaments?

 

It was their opponents Milstead, who were on debut, that hit the front in this fixture thanks to Jacob Mantel's second goal of the day. Tom Goyski hit back for Red Cow Belgrade to level the tie off at 1-1. However, they were not level for long as Jacob Mantel scored his second of the half to give Milstead a vital 2-1 lead at half-time.

 

After the break it got even better for Milstead as Edouard Hallam extended the lead to 3-1 and the debutants had one foot in the final. Red Cow Belgrade showed their powers of recovery again as Tom Goyski bagged his second of the match but alas for him and his team it proved to be too little too late as Red Cow Belgrade exited the tournament. Final score, 2-3.

 
 
 

So who would meet Milstead in the Plate Final? The two teams set to do battle were Groove Armada and Columbia's Finest FC.

 

Groove Armada were part of the Sporting/Atletico Armada touring party who played in 2 Plate Semi-Finals at the 2019 Lisbon Tournament. Atletico Armada lost 2-0 to Portugal's Hellgarve's Kraken. Sporting Armada won theirs 2-0 (v Missing Magpies) before going onto lose to Hellgarve's Kraken in the final (3-1). Groove Armada were looking to see if they could make it a second Plate Final for the Armada stable.

Columbia's Finest FC were on debut as a group (although did have players experienced in our tournaments playing for other teams) so breaking new ground. They came into this game on the back of a morale boosting 3-2 win over Real Sosobad and continued that momentum by taking the lead in this one. Gareth Russell-Hughes scored his first of the day and what a time to get it. Columbia's Finest FC were riding high and doubled their lead through Max Moggridge. At half-time they were looking good to reach the final.

 

Groove Armada had other ideas though. Josh Matthews pulled a goal back to make it 2-1. It was his fourth goal of the day but alas for him and his team it would be their last goal of the day as they were ultimately unable to find an equalizing goal.

 

Groove Armada were out but Sporting & Atletico Armada were still fighting for the Cup.

 
 
 
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